Michael Keaton will return to the role of Batman in the cinema in “The Flash”, confirmed the agency that represents the actor.
Since Ben Affleck will also be returning with a symbolic engagement, the movie will have two Batmans.
The rationale for the return is Barry Allen / Flash’s decision (the character played by Ezra Miller) to travel in time to prevent his mother’s death, by inadvertently introducing another timeline, which is that the universe is being protected by Bruce Wayne, the other and the oldest.
“The Flash” will ignore the existence of “Batman Forever” (1995) with Val Kilmer and “Batman & Robin” (1997) with George Clooney.
The first news of Michael Keaton’s involvement was in June 2020, but the crowd’s enthusiasm subsided last month when he left on the air in an interview that may not progress after all due to concern about the pandemic in Britain, as it began on Monday. (In London) “The Flash” was shot, as confirmed by director Andres Mochetti on social media.
For more than 30 years, Michael Keaton was the controversial choice of director Tim Burton, but “Batman” (1989) and then “Batman Forever” (1992) became the historical landmarks of the genre in cinema.
The project is not associated with or will make any reference to Matt Reeves “The Batman,” a standalone film that will be shown in theaters in 2022 with Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight.
But in June of last year, there was a much more ambitious studio plan for Michael Keaton: It would not be a return to just “The Flash”, but possibly to other DC Comics Universe films, such as “Batgirl.”
He’ll be in the same category as Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury in the Marvel films: mentor, mentor, or even someone pulling the strings behind the scenes.